Journals by OAT MNL

It’s Christmas season and people are piling up on coffee stickers to be able to get their hands on planners from their favorite coffee shops. As for me, I have decided to stick to my desk and iPhone calendars – and my OAT MNL journal. I never seem to be able to check my planner anyway, and it’s just added weight to my bag. So I decided to ditch my little coffee planner in theĀ  middle of the year and type my schedule (and my husband’s…and my kids’…) onto my phone. I realized that keeping a journal over a planner […]

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History Homeschooling at Intramuros

I’ve never explored Intramuros in all my life, considering that I have been at this historical structure several times.My husband and I even held a gig at one of the restaurants for a couple of months and I sang at a wedding at The Manila Cathedral! I think it was my lack of interest in Philippine history in my youth that made me pass up on the opportunity to see the place and learn more about it. Thank God for homeschooling! It’s what sparked something in me to find out the story behind these walls. It turned out to be […]

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A Minimalist Christmas

I was talking to a friend the other day about Christmas and all the festivities and activities that come along with it. She mentioned a couple of things that made me see how commercialized Christmas has become. Not that my realization is unheard of. For years, I’ve been seeing write-ups on how people focus more on the material side of the holidays, instead of the spirit of it. And it’s so much more true now. There’s a lot more of the Martha Stewart vibe going on than ever before. My husband comments, it’s social media. People see so many beautiful […]

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ALOHA Mental Arithmetic: Joining a class

Last September 29 was Lukas’ first time join an ALOHA class. He’s been doing lessons on a one-on-one basis with Teacher Kim every Thursday, but at the recommendation of Teacher Kim, I thought it would be interesting to see how Lukas would fare being in a class with other kids. For one thing, Lukas is an introvert. Oh, he loves company! But like me, he has moments when he withdraws from people and just wants to be left to himself. This is how introverts recharge. We need those moments. Anyway, Lukas has been progressing well, but Teacher Kim says we […]

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Easy Recipes: Ketogenic Chocolate Mug Cake

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe on YouTube for so long, but it’s kinda tricky to put together the ingredients because we sort of have a fixed budget for groceries. I prefer to buy what we need for a week or two at the same time, so we can keep tabs of our expenses. Some keto-friendly products are not really available at the usual supermarkets or if you do find them there, like Swerve or Almond flour, they’re a little too expensive than when you buy them from independent distributors and suppliers. So I’ve had most of these ingredients […]

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